Brian Davis is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature. His primary fields of study and interest are 20th- and 21st-century literature, poetics and narrative theory, media and textual studies, and cultural studies.
His dissertation, “The Book as Archive," engages current debates in literary and media studies concerning the history of the book and contemporary literature after digitization, with an emphasis on books that engage with issues of archive. It examines primarily postmodern and contemporary literature (fiction, poetry, and autobiography) produced in various media, such as the multimodal codex, electronic hypertext, interactive fiction, "books in boxes," comics, and graphic narratives. "The Book as Archive" also extends its reach toward artforms beyond the book, such as sculpture and installation art, to theorize the ubiquity of archive in contemporary art and culture as well as the relationships between archive, database, and narrative more generally since the 1960s.
B.A. English, The Ohio State University, 2012
Graduate Certificate, Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, 2005
2016, Certificate for Outstanding Service to the Academic Writing Program (AWP), Department of English Language and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park.
2015, Certificate for Outstanding Service to the Academic Writing Program (AWP), Department of English Language and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park.